Nottingham won an exciting Inter-Club final which had some dramatic
fluctuations. In view of the poor weather outlook, it was agreed to play
two rounds of four singles and only play the doubles if necessary.
Surbiton made the brighter start with only Death taking a ball round first.
Patel, Farthing and Wilkins were all first to 4-b in their games but all
three lifts were hit by Chapman, White and Aiton respectively. Paddy
Chapman had a smidgeon of luck in that he hit the inner ball of an NSL leave
but picked up the break expertly and completed a good sextuple after Samir
missed the tea-lady by a millimetre. Keith Aiton completed a TPO against
Tim and took a 3-ball break round shortly afterwards. James Death's
sextuple attempt against Mulliner came to grief when he failed 1-back with
three peels completed. Stephen missed a 10 yarder but James ran 1-b and
missed a 20 yarder to hand the innings. Stephen completed the TPO and James
failed to get going off the contact. Stephen failed an angled 2 with a
3-ball break set and James finished off, courtesy of an exquisite pass roll
approach to 3-back from 2 feet S of 4-b.
This left Nottingham 3-0 up and looking like 4-0 as Richard White had just a
straight rover peel to complete. However, his ball ran rover by nothing and
he missed an awkward little roquet on the escape ball. Chris Farthing made
no mistake with this unexpected opportunity and finished his own triple to
give Surbiton a flicker of hope at 3-1.
James hit not one but two 20 yarders in picking up a break on turn 3 against
Samir and went to 4-back with a spread. Samir hit, POPed and TPOd with
one ball in C1 and the other on the E boundary 7 yards N of C4. James took
contact from the C1 ball, split it to 3 while going to the E boundary ball.
However, he fell 6 yards short and missed. Samir took the proffered
northwards rush and finished. 3-2. Chris Farthing had a relatively
bloodless triple against Keith Aiton. 3-3. Paddy laid up for a sextuple
but Stephen hit and laid up for one himself. Paddy missed but Stephen's sxp
fell behind, got repaired but ended when a posthumous penult peel took no
wire and went off the S boundary. Paddy not got his sxp underway but also
fell behind and finished on peg and 4-b giving contact with a good leave.
Paddy missed the two 30 yarders he was left and it was 4-3 to Surbiton.
Tim Wilkins had a delayed triple to clinch the tie 5-3 but was unable to get
the peelee close enough to rover an ended up failing a difficult angled
Irish peel. Richard took a ball to 4-b and, after Tim went between the
balls of an extended double, completed a tidy triple to square the match at
The doubles was now required and the summary is as follows.
James 3rd turn to 4-b with B, 3 ducks
Stephen hits with Y from A-baulk and TPOs
Paddy gets going with K off the contact but fails 3 leaving Y (Stephen) 5yds
N 4 and R (Samir) 3yds SSE 4.
Samir and Stephen consider the 8+ yarder for Samir's R at Y which gives
Paddy a 6 yarder if missed and choose a more defensive approach. The shot
for Stephen at Samir gives a juicy target for Paddy if missed. So...
Stephen plays Y to 5yds SW 1, almost wired from K
Paddy takes close position at 3
Samir misses R at Y leaving no double from S boundary below 4
Paddy runs 3 to 4yds NNE 4, runs 4 by 2yds to get double, hits R and
The CA President, Quiller Barrett, presented the magnificent Beddow Cup to
James Death. It was rather appropriate that both John Wheeler and Tom
Anderson, the discoverers of the Beddow Cup in a Bedford antique shop over
30 years ago and, with their wives Judy and Pandora the generous donors of
the cup to the CA, were present at Surbiton to support the Wrest Park team.
Mulliner lost to Death -13otp
Patel lost to Chapman -17sxp
Farthing beat White +2tp
Wilkins lost to Aiton -13tpo
Mulliner beat Chapman +4
Patel beat Death +12tpo
Farthing beat Aiton +24tp
Wilkins lost to White -3tp
Mulliner & Patel lost to Chapman & Death - 14otp (M)
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